the computer has held absolutely no allure for me the last few days. You would think with beautiful new blooms like 'Honeycomb' buddleia:
and 'Star Gazer' lily buds:
I should be itching to log on and post. Not so. I'm sure the feeling will pass or at least I hope it will. I think the sogginess of my garden has somehow bogged down my enthusiasm. My containers are not looking like they usually do without the sunshine we are used to getting. The three collarette dahlias I purchased this spring have only produced one bloom between them:
much to my despair. I think this is 'Rosita?' If not, it's 'Bonne esperance.' I'm hopeful August will return us to near normal temperatures and the sunshine our state is known for although I can't imagine anything but cold temperatures will quell the bumper crop of mosquitos (that we're also not used to). Last I heard, we were at twenty days of rain in July (and counting) which is not ordinary at all. Maybe I just need a couple hours outside to re-energize me? and another look at my double apricot hollyhock can't hurt either:
Doesn't she almost look like 'Abraham Darby' the rose??? Incredible. That should be enough to lift my spirits. We'll see, won't we?!